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June 29th, 2012
03:47 PM ET

In responses to Colorado Springs fire, a distinctly evangelical tone

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - When it’s not in the news for historic wildfires that have devoured hundreds of homes on its outskirts, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is nationally known as the home of the Air Force Academy and as the unofficial capital of evangelical Christianity.

The Springs, as it's called locally, plays host to lots of global evangelical organizations, including Focus on the Family, Compassion International and the International Bible Society. The concentration has earned the city the nickname “Vatican West” among some evangelicals.

The city is also home to Ted Haggard, who once headed the National Association of Evangelicals and who presided over the biggest church in the state, until he was felled by a gay sex and drugs scandal in 2006. Two years ago, Haggard started a new church in town.

That city’s evangelical flavor has made for some distinctly religious responses to the flames, which by Friday had destroyed 346 homes and had forced more than 36,000 people to evacuate. The fire has charred 16,700 acres, with 20,000 homes and scores of businesses still at risk.

In the face of the flames, religion writer Patton Dodd, who lives in Colorado Springs, said he has witnessed “a reflexive ‘my house and things don't matter in the long run anyway’ spirituality,” among some evangelical neighbors and friends.

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He has also seen doctored pictures of firefighters with Jesus on Facebook and “lots of ‘Jesus bring rain’ talk.”

When the temperature dropped in the area Thursday and Friday, helping firefighters contain 15% of the fire after 100-plus degree temperatures earlier this week, many evangelicals in the area chalked the better weather up to answered prayers.

“I saw so many Christians saying, ‘Please pray for rain, we need a miracle, and only God can provide it,' ” said Esther Fleece, director of millennial relations for Focus on the Family. “Even people who are not Christians were saying, ‘This is out of our control and I’m going to try to pray. Why not?’ ”

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Earlier in the week, Fleece was packing up her two-bedroom condo in preparation of evacuation and faced the difficult choice of what to leave and what to take.

“I was packing and I realized that none of this matters,” Fleece said. “I just had to pause and say, ‘All of this could be replaced.’ What matters most is I have my family and my community and my faith, and we’re going to go through trials. They’re momentary.

“My heart goes out to those who don’t have faith and don’t have a larger narrative of why tragedies happen,” she continued. “The grief is so huge that it’s difficult to get through this without faith.”

Fleece did not wind up evacuating because her home was not deemed to be at risk. Now she has five other evacuees staying with her.

Around Colorado Springs, evangelical churches and ministries are partnering with local government on relief efforts and are taking advantage of their own Christian networks to help each other.

The city’s enormous New Life Church was expecting four semitrailers of food, water and other supplies to arrive Friday and Saturday, thanks to a Christian group Gleaning for World, led by Jonathan Falwell, son of the late Jerry Falwell.

“We have a huge opportunity to bless our city and region,” New Life pastor Brady Boyd wrote on New Life’s website. “We need help on Friday unloading these semi-trailers.”

Focus on the Family is housing dozens of staffers from Navigators, a global Christian ministry that evacuated its headquarters this week because of the fires.

According to a post on Navigators' site, the group’s U.S. president was sharing Psalm 91 with other workers in the temporary Focus space:

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Dodd, the Christian writer, said he’s seen some ugly political posturing around the fires, with some conservatives alleging President Barack Obama is to blame for an insufficient response because he allegedly cut money for the federal fleet of air tankers.

The allegation “Isn't so much evangelical as Republican, but you know how those lines can be blurred,” he said.

Obama visited Colorado Springs on Friday to take stock of the fires and the response.

Some recent messages on Twitter, meanwhile, are using the fires to take aim at Focus on the Family, known for its conservative stances on issues such as gay marriage.

“If this Colorado fire takes out the Focus on the Family campus, then God really exists,” read one such message, which was highlighted by conservative pundit Michelle Malkin, who lives in Colorado Springs.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (415 Responses)
  1. tom-ay

    the miracle would have not having the fire in the first place. Truly perhaps we should spend less time praying and more time volunteering with the fire department, the shelters, and donating money and food. That would be christian... I'm not one, but I've heard you should give in a time of need. I am, and I don't need a religion to tell me that.

    June 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • christiansagainstnike

      tom-ay...

      Why weren't they thinking about God when I warned them that God was not happy with the name "Garden of the gods"?
      If there will ever be a "garden of the gods"... it will be in hell with Satan and the false gods... also known as demons!

      Why didn't they consider there was something wrong when I told about the Air Force Academy building the PAGAN WORSHIP CIRCLE so that those in the Air Force could worship other gods?

      Why didn't they listen when God had me post billboards in Denver warning that Tebow endorses a company honoring the PAGAN goddess Nike?

      Glad to know they are talking about God... but will it really change their behavior?

      Will they really stop dishonoring God?

      That remains to be seen.

      Meanwhile God has me working to bring down Nike!

      http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

      June 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  2. Dave Thrush

    The viciousness, callousness, and attacking verbal assaults I see here are pretty amazing and revealing.
    I play music at a church in Colo. Springs occasionally. The Church is half Black and half white racially. It's in the fire zone and many people in that church have either lost homes or were evacuated. Some of the comments here are astonishing in their ignorance and lack of tolerance. Coming from many that claim to be tolerant. Blaming anyone that has lost homes in something like this whether it's Colorado, or the Gulf Coast is some of the most callous and offensive I've seen.

    June 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I don't 'blame' anyone who's lost a home. I do object to those who've been spared that praise God for their being 'blessed', as if they are somehow favored over those who have not been so fortunate.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      Like so many atheists act Tom Tom? They complain about things which they do not even face...

      June 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • hippypoet

      clown – you are warped!

      we atheists are willing to be wrong to know where as you believers are unable to part with a BELIEF as if it is fact...most won't even entertain the notion of god in a form of non existence for mere theoretical practice – which would serve two possiblities... to reaffirm belief or to dismantle it all pending the conclusion one draws from the exercise.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Clown, what are you blathering about?

      June 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      This helps explain it Dave:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUFUujSNpEU

      June 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Does it explain how to spell "subtle" and "subtlety", b4uwerestupid?

      June 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      when a child dies from cancer many atheists demand to know why God let a child die but they(the atheists) are still alive and well.Or when a person suffers but the atheists don't they demand to why God let it happen.

      See the pattern? They are alive and breathing while others suffer but can blame God for not preventing it.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You idiot, no atheist "blames God" for anything, since an atheist doesn't believe any such creature exists. Good grief, but you're stupid. What atheists DO question is why believers think a god has "blessed" them when they survive disasters or illness, but don't hold their deity accountable when their loved ones die or their homes are obliterated.

      Get it, dumb azz?

      June 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If I were you, Clown, I'd be asking God why he didn't give you a couple more brain cells.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      I didn't say anything about atheists believing but what I did say was they demand to know why.It gets personal when it happens to an atheist more than when it happens to anyone else.

      Blaming is common among humans.boy..you aren't so smart.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      *Facepalm*

      Fail tom

      June 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Failure according to a dolt is success to anyone with a brain. You can't even come back with any sort of sentient response, can you, you loser?

      June 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      It's funny that a fail is asserted by someone with a tag that attempts to tell atheists what their motivations are.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Clown, you are aptly named. See if you can wrap your two lonely brain cells around this concept, sweet cheeks: you claim your god is omnipotent and omniscient, merciful and loving. Yet you can't explain why he allows infants to be born with microcephaly, which will result in death within a short time after birth.

      Get it now, dolts? Or do you need to have me write with fewer syllables? Or would moving your lips whilst reading help? If not, ask mommy for assistance and then go seek a special education program for yourselves.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      and yet you comprehend how its not happening to you?

      can't complain if its not happening to you.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Oh yes, caring what happens to other people is such a horrible concept, how dare we show empathy toward others.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Thanks for proving you're completely lost, doofus.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's truly difficult to measure the depth of stupidity you morons possess. Really, I couldn't have done a better job of showcasing your ignorance if I'd tried.

      Thanks ever so!

      June 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      oh but wait so you can't complain that God does nothing because you actually are blessed.Show you care? show you care does nothing.It does not even help them face whatever they may face.You can't relate on their level.

      When it happens to you..its different.You act differently then you did when someone else faced it..

      June 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      When you can translate that drivel into anything resembling English, dear, be sure to alert the media. Start with "than"/"then" and work your way up from that. Try to figure out how to write a coherent sentence, honey.

      If mommy's too drunk to help you, consult your freshman English teacher.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • hippypoet

      please keep in mind that i am not calling empathy a weakness but it can be a huge weakness if illmannaged.

      detatchment is the key to full understanding and then one would see that some really do NEED to die so the rest can live – the main issue is that this is like shampoo – lather, rinse,and repeat – it will be repeated one way or another...but one should consider that nature has its own method and when we rise above it there should be one of us to drag us back down to a mannagible number. 7 billion is about 3 billion too many to have all fed properly.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      And yet we can still show compassion, if we are in the area we can still help. We can donate, or volunteer in our area to help those closer to us. There are things that we can phisically do to assist these people. I really don't even understand what your objection is. Just because someone hasn't lost a home doesn't mean that person cannot empathize.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • hippypoet

      look, one question should be asked before action is taken: is the fire nature...did nature cause it....if the answer is yes, then we shouldn't do anything to stop the flames but maybe – i do stress the maybe – help those in the way of the flame. they, those who live in the path did afterall choose to live there in the first place – they should take responibility for their actions and choices.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      have you ever tried to find a solution that ends world hunger or do you leave that to God or somebody else? How about cancer,are you working to find a cure? How about any other illness,have you tried to find a cure or is that on somebody else to do?

      You complain to personally attack a "Theist" for the sake of making them look dumb and pathetic.How sad.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The dimwit blurts:"oh but wait so you can't complain that God does nothing because you actually are blessed."

      First of all, sh!twit, who's "complaining"? Secondly, dumb azz, why would I be "blessed" if I don't believe in a god? I'm just lucky this time around because my house isn't in the area of the wildfires, you doob. I am not 'complaining that God does nothing" because there IS no 'god' as far as I'm concerned. What I am complaining about is the idiots who think they've been spared because of some deity, while their neighbors have lost everything, despite being equally religious, worshipful, devout, and pious.

      Get it now?

      Not unless you've had a brain transplant, I'll bet.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You ARE dumb and pathetic. How sad. Stop being dumb and pathetic and grow a brain, idiot.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      theres your proof hawaii! an atheist just
      made a claim of "There is no God"! theres the proof you always wanted.Tom just made a claim that has zero proof for.

      See Hawaii..total denial.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "that has zero proof for"? Was that supposed to be something meaningful, you fvckwit?

      The onus is on you to prove there is a god. It's not possible to prove a negative, as you'd know if you hadn't dropped out of high school.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      If it's the god of the bible, then that god is easy to prove doesn't exist merely through mutually exclusive characteristics and logical inconsistencies.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      Total denial.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Delusions 3:15

      Thank you for posting the video starring William L. Craig. I didn't realize he starred in cartoons.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You're an idiot.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      Oooo name calling.

      that's real logical...not.That's immature and childish."Logic" should have taught you this.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Are you really so incapable of actually staying in a conversation instead of just posting random stuff?

      June 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, get over it, you little dork. You're a troll and a retarded one at that. Go to bed an try to grow a brain in your sleep, honey.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
    • hippypoet

      can you folks feel the emotions?

      are they getting you anywhere but more intensely emotional?

      DETATCHMENT IS THE KEY!

      June 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      You only prove how childish atheism makes you.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Says the teenaged summer school student who failed English.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why are you "believers" here, anyway? Why aren't you on your knees, praying for these people who are being left homeless? Why are you here instead of volunteering to go to Colorado to help those affected?

      Oh, right. You don't have your driver's license yet, do you?

      June 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      You boast about logic but I see no evidence of that in your posts.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Says the person that does not even make any kind of coherent position or argument.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You couldn't see your own asshole if you used a mirror, a compass, a flashlight, a map, and a magnifying glass, you idiot.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      denial once again.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Go blow yourself, troll.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      I think its pretty much evident that atheism make you guys hateful trolls.And more proof it turned you into children once again.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sez the 12-year-old troll who has to mow the lawn tomorrow for his allowance. Wah, wah, wahhhh.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      Making up delusions to try and hide from the truth.

      Typical for an atheist with so much hatred and childish rage such as yourself..

      June 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Playing with your Thesaurus again, honey?

      June 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      Goodbye troll.I hope you learn how to maintain and control your childish outbursts.And control your hatred and immaturity.

      Logic is something you lack.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      Tom is a perpetual troll-food dispenser. I could almost believe she's a bot sometimes...

      June 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      ...and I meant that in a nice way, Tom! A nice way! Don't shoot!

      June 29, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Apostle John ("the disciple that Christ loved") said:

      1 John 2:21-23

      21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
      22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
      23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

      Amen.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • christiansagainstnike

      Dave...

      Why weren't they thinking about God when I warned them that God was not happy with the name "Garden of the gods"?
      If there will ever be a "garden of the gods"... it will be in hell with Satan and the false gods... also known as demons!

      Why didn't they consider there was something wrong when I told about the Air Force Academy building the PAGAN WORSHIP CIRCLE so that those in the Air Force could worship other gods?

      Why didn't they listen when God had me post billboards in Denver warning that Tebow endorses a company honoring the PAGAN goddess Nike?

      Glad to know they are talking about God... but will it really change their behavior?

      Will they really stop dishonoring God?

      That remains to be seen.

      Meanwhile God has me working to bring down Nike!

      http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

      June 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  3. Voice of Reason

    It is events such as this that clearly illustrate the lack of theistic philosophy to prove their beliefs. If you haven't noticed there are not many posts by believers except for the usual trolls.

    June 29, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • christiansagainstnike

      Voice of Reason...

      Why weren't they thinking about God when I warned them that God was not happy with the name "Garden of the gods"?
      If there will ever be a "garden of the gods"... it will be in hell with Satan and the false gods... also known as demons!

      Why didn't they consider there was something wrong when I told about the Air Force Academy building the PAGAN WORSHIP CIRCLE so that those in the Air Force could worship other gods?

      Why didn't they listen when God had me post billboards in Denver warning that Tebow endorses a company honoring the PAGAN goddess Nike?

      Glad to know they are talking about God... but will it really change their behavior?

      Will they really stop dishonoring God?

      That remains to be seen.

      Meanwhile God has me working to bring down Nike!

      http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

      June 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  4. Clown question bro

    There is a God.
    I do not have to prove that claim because I'm to cool for that.

    See I can use atheist logic! its easy!

    June 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • hippypoet

      thats right, you are too Kool – so Kool infact that when you get cancer and die it will be god who is doing it because god feels that no creation should be as Kool as it.

      thats right... i compared you to god – then again i believe god to be a m@ss murdering psychopathic narcissist with a personality disorder...some please, you should take this as a compliment compared to what you really are.....a modern human – is there truly anything more evil and vile then us? more destructive? more emotional but with less control? no, we are the most vile thing this planet has ever known and you think we are the creation of a master mind – a god – what kind of screw up creates this and calls it success? bear in mind that god did attempt to wipe us off the map several times for being such a grand mess up....what kind of god screws up?????????

      June 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      i cnt ubdserstand u

      spaek englishe

      June 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • hippypoet

      ooooo, i understand your issue now... you never learned how to read past the grade k~ that totally sucks. 🙂

      its ok i can get my 6 yr old to tutor you. 🙂

      June 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      You can't spell to save your own life.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Delusions 3:15

      Someone who says "to", instead of "too" should not be preaching about spelling. Thus sayeth the Lord.
      Thank you Jesus.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Clown question bro

      look who failed english class.Delusions.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • hippypoet

      well then i guess i am lucky that i don't need to spell to save it aren't i? that really was an awesome come back....lol

      🙂

      June 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      Good one hippypoet!

      June 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • hippypoet

      thank you.

      i have been on and off these blogs for over a year now and nothing has changed... and so to argue is to perpetuate... so now i only seek to express, learn, and teach.

      i have a great many lessons to teach and much more to learn...simple expression is the best form to do both simultaneously...try it out.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons

      A person can't teach if nobody understands you.

      June 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      I have been doing that for a long time, thanks. Let this be a lesson to you. lol

      June 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
    • hippypoet

      @Atheists demand proof of God for deeper reasons – that is a rather presumptuous handle for one who undestands very little. lol, understanding is a virtue one has to gain on purpose...you are not understanding of much so why would anyone expect you to understand simple speech?

      June 29, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
    • christiansagainstnike

      Clown question bro...

      It is nice to see people talking about God.

      Why weren't they thinking about God when I warned them that God was not happy with the name "Garden of the gods"?
      If there will ever be a "garden of the gods"... it will be in hell with Satan and the false gods... also known as demons!

      Why didn't they consider there was something wrong when I told about the Air Force Academy building the PAGAN WORSHIP CIRCLE so that those in the Air Force could worship other gods?

      Why didn't they listen when God had me post billboards in Denver warning that Tebow endorses a company honoring the PAGAN goddess Nike?

      Glad to know they are talking about God... but will it really change their behavior?

      Will they really stop dishonoring God?

      That remains to be seen.

      Meanwhile God has me working to bring down Nike!

      http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

      June 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  5. baber

    May they all die, these detestable white trash fundamentalists, who give Christianity a bad name.

    June 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Sorry but your comment does not make you any better than them. You don't have to tolerate what they believe in, however, they are still human and in no way are they deserving of such a horrific disaster.

      June 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Baber's in a foul mood....hemorroids flaring up?

      June 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • Willa

      @ Truth prevails- their humanity is debatable. their actions are more like a virus.

      June 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • hippypoet

      lol, humans are a virus...christians are just a nasty strain that is equal to aids in its ability to change no matter claims to moral standards or principles!

      June 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • Dave Thrush

      Nice...Hey Genius. I play music at a church in the Springs occasionally. Congregation is half Black and half white. Your callousness is only overshadowed by your stupidity...

      June 29, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • christiansagainstnike

      Baber...

      Why weren't they thinking about God when I warned them that God was not happy with the name "Garden of the gods"?
      If there will ever be a "garden of the gods"... it will be in hell with Satan and the false gods... also known as demons!

      Why didn't they consider there was something wrong when I told about the Air Force Academy building the PAGAN WORSHIP CIRCLE so that those in the Air Force could worship other gods?

      Why didn't they listen when God had me post billboards in Denver warning that Tebow endorses a company honoring the PAGAN goddess Nike?

      Glad to know they are talking about God... but will it really change their behavior?

      Will they really stop dishonoring God?

      That remains to be seen.

      Meanwhile God has me working to bring down Nike!

      http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

      June 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  6. Voice of Reason

    “I saw so many Christians saying, ‘Please pray for rain, we need a miracle, and only God can provide it,' ” said Esther Fleece, director of millennial relations for Focus on the Family. “Even people who are not Christians were saying, ‘This is out of our control and I’m going to try to pray. Why not?’ ”

    Miracles, god, prayers, christians and Focus on the Family all have the same thing in common. Ignorance of our natural existence. It's 2012 and we know about natural occurrences and why they happen, it's simply a natural occurrence. Praying or god is not going to stop a natural occurrence from happening because the supernatural does not exist therefore it cannot affect reality and the nature of the physical world we exist in. What don't you people understand? A bunch of weak minded saps!

    June 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  7. Prayer changes things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things , proof provided by replies above

    June 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Proof that God has punished the hypocrites with fire?
      Proof that God so loves his followers that he punishes them with fire?
      Proof that God is vengeful?
      Proof that God is indifferent?

      I don't follow your 'logic'. I see no proof of anything. It is a "natural" disaster.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Willa

      Yes, because Abrahamic religions have done a wonderful job. LOL Proof provided by every major war and conflict in the last 3,000+ years. Keep the fairytales of your magic sky zombie to yourself. You have no right to attempt to impose your beliefs on others- especially children. Even your little archaic fairytale book says to keep it to yourself...but I am guessing you are a modern evangelical or something similar wherein you actually don't read or understand your own "religious" text and just choose to cherry pick it and use it as a weapon. Gotta say though- it amuses me to no end that in just one generation, the far right "christians" are managing to destroy Christianity in Western society by espousing their twisted doctrine of prejudice and hate.

      June 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  8. Portland tony

    If saying a prayer makes one feel better by all means pray. Living in a fire prone area, with lots of trees, was not God's idea but yours. Forest fires have occurred for eons. It's nature's way of renewal. Your house just happened to be in its path.

    June 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  9. HotAirAce

    I wonder what the hard core believers will blame this fire on? What sins have the good folks in Colorado been comitting that angered their god so much?

    June 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      If they were true followers of Jesus this owuldnt have happened.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      I heard a preacher once blame a tornado on the passing of an ordinance to sell liquor.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • sam

      The teletubbies are to blame. That purple one carries a purse.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      No sooner did I post the above then Fox News (yes, I listen to Fox – to get both sides of American politics and extremists on both wings) and they reported people suggesting the fires were the wrath of god! So predictable...

      June 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • sam

      But this area is nicknamed the 'Vatican West' and is full of TEH RIGHTCHEEUS. Sooo...who is god mad at?

      June 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      "If they were true followers of Jesus this owuldnt have happened"

      Gotta be (lol)...couldn't have anything to do with the natural forces of our planet or potentially. Please explain to me how come Texas was hit so hard by wildfires last year when they are largely theistic or how it is that my wonderful country is up in flames considering how secular we are.

      June 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      should have read 'is not up in flames'

      June 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • no one gives a sh it

      what Canadians have to say anyway

      June 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Looks like there's someone attempting to take the place of cappie.

      June 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • christiansagainstnike

      Hot Air Ace...

      Why weren't they thinking about God when I warned them that God was not happy with the name "Garden of the gods"?
      If there will ever be a "garden of the gods"... it will be in hell with Satan and the false gods... also known as demons!

      Why didn't they consider there was something wrong when I told about the Air Force Academy building the PAGAN WORSHIP CIRCLE so that those in the Air Force could worship other gods?

      Why didn't they listen when God had me post billboards in Denver warning that Tebow endorses a company honoring the PAGAN goddess Nike?

      Glad to know they are talking about God... but will it really change their behavior?

      Will they really stop dishonoring God?

      That remains to be seen.

      Meanwhile God has me working to bring down Nike!

      http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

      June 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I'm serious need some of new athletic shoes. I think they will be Nikes!

      July 1, 2012 at 2:42 am |
  10. hippypoet

    i don't care at all for these people... they are equal to those who make a life on the side of the volcanic mountain! pompeii anyone?

    mount V blows its top and we have the first recording of a volcano blast in history – i believe it was from pliny the elder who wrote it down.

    besides we have now 7 billion people on this planet and we are short of food....population control! sry, but facts are facts and this won't hurt the whole but rather aid in food production and lessen the shortage by removing some of the mouths to feed! truth can hurt- or burn!

    June 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @hippypoet,

      these people? Who, the people that bought homes in the western suburbs of Colorado Springs and Fort Collins and are now homeless? Are you kidding me?

      This is not the same as people building homes on the gulf coast, Florida or the Carolinian outer banks that have a major hurricane every decade or the banks of the Mississippi (and it's tributaries, Ohio, Tenessee etc) that flood every spring.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • hippypoet

      yes they are. same as those who live in tornado ally and others like it... it shows poor judgement or at best the over population of the planet to where now we are forced to live where danger is your next door nieghbor and death its cousin.

      but since they chose to BUY the homes where they were.... it is most def. the home owners fault...

      hey, i got an idea, lets built a house on this mountain side that consists of clay and loose dirt....and you also live in a topical climate where it rains a lot during certain months... home owner says "ok so there is a risk, but really, you have to see this house!" how about when its smashed into the nieghbors house at the bottom of the hill! hows it look then? inviting? please wipe your feet!

      June 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @hippypoet,

      Have you ever been to Fort Collins or Colorado Springs? No one would ever have thought to advise these people they were living in a high fire-danger area.

      There isn't a place in the US where you are free from at least one of the dangers of: fire, earthquake, mudslide, flood, blizzard, tornado, or hurricane, or are ecologically irresponsible like big cities in the middle of a desert. Some places are worse than others – living on the high tide line in hurricane territory is pretty irresponsible – but where do you expect our 313M people to move to?

      June 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • hippypoet

      expectations breed dissappointments and i don't play that game!

      they, the home owners should have done some research on the area... umm, lets see – its hot, dry and prone to wildfires...and evidence shows that each year the fire is by average going to be worse then the year before.

      check out - http://csfs.colostate.edu/pages/wf-historical-facts.html -

      i did this in less then 3 minutes and i know more then the average citizen of colorado about its history of wildfires! the pathetic justice is burning my throat, i could use some water!!! hey look its a spring!

      June 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @hippypoet,

      You've not answered my question:
      -where do the people of coastal Washington and Oregon move to before their "big one" earthquake?
      -where do the people of coastal California move to before their "big one" earthquake"?
      -where do the people of the mountain west move to avoid fires?
      -where do the people of the southwest and southeast move to avoid drought?
      -where do the people of the plains from Texas to Wisconsin move to avoid tornados?
      -where do the people of the gulf coast and east coast move to avoid hurricanes?
      -where do the people of the northern midwest and north east move to avoid blizzards and spring floods?

      Yes our population has grown to the point where any natural disaster has a big impact. What's your solution? Jim Jones' punch?

      June 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • hippypoet

      again... you miss what i said when i said i don't care.... they chose to live there and its their issue.

      if they did some checking out before just moving into a NICE PLACE they might not have! Now with the pop. on a steady rise, we need to find a solution before something really does happen.

      that is not my department.
      I would recommend living somewhere in the mid dakota area...its high above sea level, the only thing that really happens is animal attacks and snow storms....flooding in the southern part of the south dakota but you aren't meant to live there – well, only during the rainy season – so spring!

      maybe we need a world wide plauge to kill off a third of the total pop. of earth that way there would be no need to look for open, safer then elsewhere, and quality land up for grabs. It will happen, its not a question of will, but when!

      June 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @hippypoet,

      I did look at your Colorado State link by the way. It emphasizes preventive burns as a forest management strategy but doesn't highlight any risks regarding Fort Collins and Colorado Springs that I could identify.

      The "big burn" it references occured in Washington, Idaho and Montana. I don't see how that would unduly alarm Coloradans.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Fire_of_1910

      June 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • hippypoet

      200 square miles is nothing for a wildfire to jump when strong winds are blowing... and with the most recent info about the damage done by the last wildfire 200 square miles is nothing...more of a skip them a jump! Again, if they did the research and moved anyway then i don't care about their fate and if they didn't do it but just moved then i don't care even more!

      June 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • hippypoet

      i place the protection of the house and family on the family!

      with enough forethought one should be able to protect to a certain degree most of the property they own and family they love - even thou they moved to a place with a high percentage of wildfires and ever worsening fires at that!

      June 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      hippypoet, I think your "certain degree" is clearly unrealistic in scope and form.

      June 29, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • christiansagainstnike

      hippypoet...

      Why weren't they thinking about God when I warned them that God was not happy with the name "Garden of the gods"?
      If there will ever be a "garden of the gods"... it will be in hell with Satan and the false gods... also known as demons!

      Why didn't they consider there was something wrong when I told about the Air Force Academy building the PAGAN WORSHIP CIRCLE so that those in the Air Force could worship other gods?

      Why didn't they listen when God had me post billboards in Denver warning that Tebow endorses a company honoring the PAGAN goddess Nike?

      Glad to know they are talking about God... but will it really change their behavior?

      Will they really stop dishonoring God?

      That remains to be seen.

      Meanwhile God has me working to bring down Nike!

      http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

      June 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Hippy poet,

      so all those people in the path of Friday night's thunder storm across the near Midwest and eastern seaboard are fools too?

      July 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    “My heart goes out to those who don’t have faith and don’t have a larger narrative of why tragedies happen,” she continued. “The grief is so huge that it’s difficult to get through this without faith.”

    Listen lady, it's a natural occurrence and unfortunately people get hurt in the wake of it if they are in the area. Duh! Why in the world do you need to believe in a god or have faith to understand what is happening? It us just plain ignorant and you have no excuse to use such insane reasoning.

    June 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  12. Gee I Wonder............

    If, instead of using actual human firefighters, the Christians had used nothing but the mighty power of prayer, what would have happened?
    f'ing idiots...........

    June 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • christiansagainstnike

      Gee I wonder...

      Why weren't they thinking about God when I warned them that God was not happy with the name "Garden of the gods"?
      If there will ever be a "garden of the gods"... it will be in hell with Satan and the false gods... also known as demons!

      Why didn't they consider there was something wrong when I told about the Air Force Academy building the PAGAN WORSHIP CIRCLE so that those in the Air Force could worship other gods?

      Why didn't they listen when God had me post billboards in Denver warning that Tebow endorses a company honoring the PAGAN goddess Nike?

      Glad to know they are talking about God... but will it really change their behavior?

      Will they really stop dishonoring God?

      That remains to be seen.

      Meanwhile God has me working to bring down Nike!

      http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

      June 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Arson Investigator

      christiansagainstnike,

      We are looking into your possible involvement with the origin of this fire...

      June 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Arson Investigator

      p.s. you are not as anonymous as you think

      June 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  13. ME II

    I hope that the true saviors, the fire fighters, will soon put out these fires. Hopefully there will be no more loss of life and damage can be minimized.

    That being said,
    "When the temperature dropped in the area Thursday and Friday, helping firefighters contain 15% of the fire after 100-plus degree temperatures earlier this week, many evangelicals in the area chalked the better weather up to answered prayers."

    The obvious question would be, 'Why didn't the prayers actually put the fire out?'

    June 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Answer

      'Why didn't the prayers actually put the fire out?'

      Their prayers are useless for actually doing anything when it happens, but after when the fires are all out they will go in and take the credit for stopping it. That is how these idiots do their prayer promotion.

      June 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • christiansagainstnike

      ME II...

      Why weren't they thinking about God when I warned them that God was not happy with the name "Garden of the gods"?
      If there will ever be a "garden of the gods"... it will be in hell with Satan and the false gods... also known as demons!

      Why didn't they consider there was something wrong when I told about the Air Force Academy building the PAGAN WORSHIP CIRCLE so that those in the Air Force could worship other gods?

      Why didn't they listen when God had me post billboards in Denver warning that Tebow endorses a company honoring the PAGAN goddess Nike?

      Glad to know they are talking about God... but will it really change their behavior?

      Will they really stop dishonoring God?

      That remains to be seen.

      Meanwhile God has me working to bring down Nike!

      http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

      June 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  14. Steven

    Praying isn't going to stop the fire, firefighters and favorable weather conditions will.

    June 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • christiansagainstnike

      Steven...

      Why weren't they thinking about God when I warned them that God was not happy with the name "Garden of the gods"?
      If there will ever be a "garden of the gods"... it will be in hell with Satan and the false gods... also known as demons!

      Why didn't they consider there was something wrong when I told about the Air Force Academy building the PAGAN WORSHIP CIRCLE so that those in the Air Force could worship other gods?

      Why didn't they listen when God had me post billboards in Denver warning that Tebow endorses a company honoring the PAGAN goddess Nike?

      Glad to know they are talking about God... but will it really change their behavior?

      Will they really stop dishonoring God?

      That remains to be seen.

      Meanwhile God has me working to bring down Nike!

      http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

      June 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  15. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    I am genuinely concerned for the people of Colorado. I was there last week and what is happening there is truly awful. Now in addition to the huge loss of property, there is the tragic loss of life.

    The natural world can be a terrifying place.

    This article posits an "evangelical" tone in response to the fires.

    Not to diminish the very real suffering that is happening in this community, but from a purely philosophical point, why would the good Evangelicals of Colorado Springs focus on praying for deliverance? As Evangelicals, shouldn't they be asking themselves why their God has cast h-ellfire amongst their community? Surely their God must be punishing them for something?

    Unless of course this is not related to God. It's just a terrifying, naturally occuring phenomenon that happens when plants dry out in 100F weather and lightning strikes start fires.

    June 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  16. When in trouble who do u call?

    The Lord and his minions who will always be there to help in times of need 🙂

    That is Christianity!

    June 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Huebert

      You're right. Colorado springs should save it's self a bunch of money and fire all of the firefighters. After all it was their prayers that stopped the fire.

      June 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • christiansagainstnike

      When in trouble...

      Why weren't they thinking about God when I warned them that God was not happy with the name "Garden of the gods"?
      If there will ever be a "garden of the gods"... it will be in hell with Satan and the false gods... also known as demons!

      Why didn't they consider there was something wrong when I told about the Air Force Academy building the PAGAN WORSHIP CIRCLE so that those in the Air Force could worship other gods?

      Why didn't they listen when God had me post billboards in Denver warning that Tebow endorses a company honoring the PAGAN goddess Nike?

      Glad to know they are talking about God... but will it really change their behavior?

      Will they really stop dishonoring God?

      That remains to be seen.

      Meanwhile God has me working to bring down Nike!

      http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

      June 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  17. Jack

    Hello everyone. Each of you is welcome to visit ... thestarofkaduri.com

    June 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  18. hippypoet

    did anyone know that the great sequoia tree requires fire to reproduce?

    these people shouldn't live in the fire zones....why they are oked to in the first place is beyond me.

    June 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • ME II

      Are there Sequoia in CO Springs?
      What the heck is a "fire zone"?

      June 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • hippypoet

      i haven't a clue if the trees are in co springs honestly..... i was just rattling of a fact. as far as a fire zone...well there are places that burn and then there are places that get burnt....places that burn are fire zones – a place that has been cleaned out year after year thru the flames and plants that have learned to live with it as part of life.... a place that burns down and is destroyed to where nothing grows for a long time – not a fire zone – burnt.

      not a very clear definition but it is my own term. i'm not sure what the proper term is for areas that have constant forrest fires....they exist all over the globe and the trees the live in these areas are special.....for instance, the sequoia has a fire retardant trunk and a seed casing that only opens at high temps. pretty cool huh.

      June 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • hippypoet

      i just did some research, yes there are sequoia treesin CO Springs...no one knows how old they can get but there is one more than 3 ,000 years old still growing strong...so thats pretty old.... however the oldest tree on record – 9550 year old spruce in sweden....but there is a root system that is over 800,000 years old and some argue that since its all the same root system it is then one tree and therefore the oldest...in my opinion, roots are not trees and theres your answer. 🙂

      June 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • hippypoet

      just some more tree info – for any interested...

      Pando, a Trembling Aspen located in Utah, USA is considered the world's oldest living tree. Pando is estimated to be over 800,000 years old. Pando is a clonal colony of a single male Quaking Aspen. This m@ssive trees root system covers 107 acres and is estimated to weigh in excess of 6,000 tons which makes it the heaviest known living organism in the world.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • ןןɐq ʎʞɔnq

      Hippy,
      There is a fungus, (underground) in the NorthEast taht is a larger single organism, and an undersea set of cloned plants which is even bigger than that. But I did not know about the Aspens. Very interesting !

      June 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • hippypoet

      The largest living organism ever found has been discovered in an ancient American forest.

      The Armillaria ostoyae, popularly known as the honey mushroom, started from a single spore too small to see without a microscope. It has been spreading its black shoestring filaments, called rhizomorphs, through the forest for an estimated 2,400 years, killing trees as it grows. It now covers 2,200 acres (880 hectares) of the Malheur National Forest, in eastern Oregon.

      The outline of the giant fungus stretches 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometres) across, and it extends an average of three feet (one metre) into the ground. It covers an area as big as 1,665 football fields.

      In 1992, another Armillaria ostoyae was found in Washington state covering 1,500 acres, near Mount Adams, making it the largest known organism at the time.

      very cool! good call bucky ball!

      June 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  19. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    June 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Buddy, really, you're not helping. Give it a rest and stop feeding the troll.

      June 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • christiansagainstnike

      Prayer...

      Why weren't they thinking about God when I warned them that God was not happy with the name "Garden of the gods"?
      If there will ever be a "garden of the gods"... it will be in hell with Satan and the false gods... also known as demons!

      Why didn't they consider there was something wrong when I told about the Air Force Academy building the PAGAN WORSHIP CIRCLE so that those in the Air Force could worship other gods?

      Why didn't they listen when God had me post billboards in Denver warning that Tebow endorses a company honoring the PAGAN goddess Nike?

      Glad to know they are talking about God... but will it really change their behavior?

      Will they really stop dishonoring God?

      That remains to be seen.

      Meanwhile God has me working to bring down Nike!

      http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

      June 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    June 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      June 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
      Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
      Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
      Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
      Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
      Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
      Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
      Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
      Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
      Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
      Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
      Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
      Prayer dulls your senses.
      Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
      Prayer makes you hoard cats.
      Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Prayer wastes time.

      June 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Yep, prayer certainly is helping here as thousands of people are evacuated from their homes due to wildfires that your god is allowing to rage.

      June 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      Oh, the power! Oh, the control! Just think, if these folks hadn't prayed, this fire would have gone on and on and on until it circled the globe!

      June 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things.
      Proof provided by replies above

      June 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Passive agressive hate is not healthy for anyone, by atheists or theists alike.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • hippypoet

      detachment is key to seeing both sides of the argument...once you are detatched can will find that there is no real reason for the belief in god besides having unanswered questions and having the so called "higher power" feeling....its basically a need for the world to have a meaning beyond the TRUE meaning to life...get born, grow up, reproduce, and live long enough to raise the offspring...which any intelligent person would acknowledge this as truth instantly....emotion is not needed for anything but so called higher species to make simple things more complex!

      June 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • God

      I have a plan. Stop screwing it up with your prayers.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
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